Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care by Riane Eisler and Teddie M. Potter (Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International) wins prestigious American Journal of Nursing award. The book applies caring economy principles to health care and will soon also be out in its second printing.
Chosen by Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, president and Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis.
The book was chosen as a winner in the Professional Issues category.
Unlike anything else in the interprofessional education and practice literature, this book frames how health disciplines—particularly nursing and medicine—evolved from a historical, sociologic, and anthropological perspective. This grounding is the foundation for a theory of inter- professional dynamics: Being present, Active caring, Stories and narrative-based evidence, and Evidence from science.
This cultural transformation theory is used to guide the reader through issues of domination and its opposite: partnership. The theoretical foundation elucidates the current power and domination model too prevalent in medicine and explores, instead, a culture of team-based collaboration aimed at complex clinical decision making based on multiple perspectives. One chapter addresses how nurses have turned on themselves, as expressed through lateral violence and “eating our young.” The authors present positive models of interprofessional care delivery systems to reflect the possibilities of partnership-based relationships among disciplines. Although these new models are still emerging, they have the potential to be scalable; a way to educate health professionals in a new environment is plausible. Nurse-managed health centers and partnership-based community care serve as exemplars of changing leadership roles, and are solutions that also address the economic and clinical realities that demand collaborative models to deliver holistic care.